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12 Cool Ceiling Ideas to Add More ‘Oomph’ to Your Home

Turn your ceiling into a focal point with these knockout ideas!

What’s notoriously kept as is in a home? The plain white plasterboard ceiling! Often left alone or overlooked in the design process, the overhead surfaces may have not much to offer at first glance but they can be worked and transformed into the home’s focal point!

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In fact, that’s what these daring homeowners did – they took the blank feature and converted it into a visual standout! Who knows, you may just be inspired in turn!

Decorate your ceiling with laminates, paneling, and more

Why only dress up your walls when you can also do so with your ceiling? Whatever your chosen home aesthetic is, it’s a great way to add more oomph to your space – and you’ve got a whole lot of options to choose from, as you’ll see below!

Wooden veneers:

Hougang Avenue 8 by MAD About Design
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‘Exposed’ beams:

Tampines Street 61 by Visionary Interior
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Suspended beams:

Hougang Street 32 by Urban Home Design 二本設計家
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Slim paneling:

Northshore Drive by Ovon Design
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Mashrabiya panels:

Yishun Ring Road by Medina Design & Interiors
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Get creative with the shape of your false ceiling

Instead of the usual straight-edged L-box or flat false ceiling, why not play around with different shapes and edges for your own home? if done well, it’ll not only create an interesting look, but also add movement and texture to the space!

False ceiling with curved edges:

Toh Guan Road by ChengYi Interior Design
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Futuristic false ceiling with neon cove lighting:

The Tapestry by Free Space Intent
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3D false ceiling:

Jade Residences by Free Space Intent
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Let your ceiling demarcate spaces using paint, lighting, and more

Ceilings don’t just have to look pretty – they can be used to demarcate spaces as well. Rather than using your regular dividers (which will take up precious floor space), you can visually distinguish different spaces using paint, lighting, and more.


Clementi Avenue 3 by Forefront Interior
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Strip lighting:

Tampines Street 24 by MET Interior
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Curved false ceiling and cove lighting:

Notion of W
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Fluted panels:

Jurong East Street 21 by Editor Interior
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Now that you've gathered some design inspiration for your ceilings, why not talk to our professionals and start planning out your renovation?

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This article was first published on 2 Apr 2019 and last updated on 10 Feb 2023.

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